A recent investigation by the BBC has revealed over 150 reports of police officers misusing body cameras in England and Wales. While a substantial number of incidents involve police turning off their cameras or deleting footage of themselves being violent, other cases involve police officers sharing images of vulnerable people amongst themselves on social media. … Read more
On 24 June, the Connolly Youth Movement held an alternative pride event for those members of the LGBTQ+ community who aren’t eager to march beside a garda or behind Micheál Martin. The event was held at Rosie Hackett bridge, starting at 12pm with the official Pride march. There was strong attendance from groups such as … Read more
Police in the six counties “appeared to ignore the rules” when strip-searching children. This is according to a report carried out by the Policing Board, released 27 June. During 2022, the PSNI strip-searched 27 teenaged children. While police argued that all of these cases were “justified”, 25 found nothing. Of the children strip-searched, the youngest … Read more
AR, Béal Feirste Cover Photo Credit: Ciara McMullan Photography In January 2017, the leading parties in the Stormont executive, the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) and Sinn Féin, split over the DUP’s handling of a green energy scandal, causing the executive to collapse. This meant that, in the absence of executive ministers, civil servants were running the country. However, because … Read more
AH, BAC The humanitarian response towards Ukraine and its people from Ireland has been unprecedented. This country is known for its staunch and proud defence of Palestine, and has outdone itself in its support for Ukraine. Something about this war has invoked a deep sense of humanitarianism and empathy, that no other event has, or … Read more
Since the state’s formation, neutrality in international affairs has been a key tenet of foreign policy considerations in the 26 counties. However, it is a tenet that has seen continuous challenges from successive governments, and has been eroded by measures such as the south’s participation in EU Battlegroups, and by its co-operation with the EU’s … Read more
Why is it deemed acceptable to show solidarity with Ukraine but not other nations experiencing oppression? Recent decisions on the part of UEFA and FIFA punishing Russian teams for their countries invasion of Ukraine, raise the question as to why similar action has been resisted against other states in the past
Denial of access to abortion services has the potential to jeopardise a persons physical and mental health and denies them autonomy, dignity and freedom. The denial of abortion access is a form of violence and oppression and reflects a patriarchal agenda concerned with the control of the sexuality and bodies of women and pregnant people. It is crucial that we stand with women and pregnant people and ensure that they are given the reproductive rights and care that they deserve.